It's New Year's resolution, and if you "unravel the house" at the top of the list, you'll probably pull out the garbage bags and get ready for work. But stop! Instead of adding to the landfill, you can compost many items around the house.
Think of it as a win-win situation: Composting not only crushes your garbage heap, but is "a cost-effective way to create nutrient-rich organic matter for your garden," says Amy Enfield, a consumer gardener at Scotts Miracle-Gro.
Any gardener worth buying salt knows that you can compost leaves, grass clippings and some scraps of food. But it turns out that you can compost a lot more, that too often gets into the garbage.
Curious, what you might overlook? Here are some surprising items that you can throw on the compost pile, especially if you are trying to improve your possessions.
What you can compost
- Burlap : Whether you have any left over from a craft project or you're not a fan of rustic decor anymore. Burlap are made of woven fabric. This makes it "absolutely compostable," says Pol Bishop, a professional gardener and garden expert at Fantastic Gardeners. In fact, you may find that some coffee companies sell their product in linen bags because everything is natural.
- Coffee grounds and filter : Speaking of coffee, the soil and the paper filter carry the so-called brown substance in a standard compost heap. Brown matter is carbon-rich, which blends well with the nitrogen-rich green matter.
- Paper : From paper to cardboard, most of the old paper can be thrown into the compost heap, Enfield says. Paper finally came from trees, which makes it pretty natural. The main exception is glossy or colored paper because strong dyes, heavy inks and other printing chemicals are not biodegradable.
- Expired flour, pasta, spices and herbs : Cleaning the kitchen cabinets is easy to fill a garbage bag. But you do not have to throw out the old cumin jar or bread flour that was wasted in the back of the pantry. Flour, pasta and spices are all compostable, says Bishop.
- Pine Needles : Anyone who has ever had a living Christmas tree at home knows the scourge of a dry tree throwing its needles. Grab the dustpan and broom and collect all those needles that you can add to your compost heap. "Their pH will be neutral after the composting process has finished, so they can be safely used in your garden," notes Bishop. "You can throw your real Christmas tree into the compost pile even after the season, if you do not know how to dispose of it, just make sure the branches are not too thick, otherwise they will not disintegrate as fast as you do." I want it to be like this.
- Wine Corks : Keep in mind that disintegration can take longer than some other products, says Enfield, and check that your cork is really made of cork, if your wine is filled with foam and plastic
- Hair : Do you have a pet that throws? It surprises people that hair is compostable, Bishop says, also advising people to use their brushes
- Sawdust : Yes, it's another tree by-product, and it's a big brown matter that can go from the building project test to flower food in a compost pile.
- Post -it notes : It's paper, so yes, those little yellow squares your memories are on are compostable, and yes, even with the glue, Bishop says, "Do not worry, because it's not toxic," she notes
- Marmel aden and jams : Check the refrigerator for half-eaten jams and jellies from the holidays. Whatever had nothing to do with snuff can go straight to the compost heap.
Some Things You Can not Compost
Wondering what else might be left that can not be composted? The experts have a short list of organics that can not make the cut:
- Animal By-Products (Except Animal Skin) : Whether it's your pet's meat or faeces, they're not good for the compost pile. Not only can they attract pests due to the smell, they can also contain unhealthy bacteria, warns Enfield.
- Diseased plants : "Disease or insect contaminated plant material should not be added as the heat is generated. The compost pile is usually not high enough to kill the fungal spores that cause the disease, and sometimes not enough heat is generated to kill insects and their eggs, "says Enfield.
- Everything Treated with a Pesticide : Again, Warns Enfield, the pesticides would contaminate the entire compost pile, so it's best to stay away from them. "You do not want to add chemicals to your compost."
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